July 1–New month, new views
Summer R&R has not yet arrived–since school ended I’ve felt even busier than when class was in session. Between perusing piso possibilities, end-of-the-year goodbyes, and wiping my apartment clean of any trace of my being, the day’s end finds me exhausted. My bags are packed–for camp and for next August. For now all of my belongings are scattered around the city, and I’ll pick ’em up when I get back in a month. In spite of hecticness and being displaced, I’m doing my best to soak up these last few days of Madrid.
Since I had to move out of my apartment yesterday, but still have a few days in the city, friends Chelsa and Esteban offered to save me from homelessness. Today we went to a park close to their house that I’d never explored before–Parque Juan Carlos I.
The view from this hill rewarded us with views of airplanes flying to and from Barajas
Here’s a shot of the “cool” greenhouse
The weather was 25 degrees with some wind; perfect for strolling
Many families took advantage of the wind by flying kites
The park has a few modern art sculptures, including these Stonhenge-esque fingers
Olive trees dotted the entire park
Crossing a bridge to another area of the park
My hosts pause for a pic
Parque Juan Carlos is a sprawling area larger than Parque del Retiro. For shuttling ’round the grounds, you can pick up a bike or hop on an old-timey train. The Metro stop is Campo de las Naciones, and in the summer the park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.